1 Oops...my wood pile got blown over! Guess I know what I'm doing for yard work...
2 Ben practicing his ukulele at the park during Sam's roller hockey practice.
4 Now at a lesson with Randy...
6 Out on a pretty cool bike ride. We went to a friend's house, then some trails, then up a sweet road through the woods where Doug and Mary will be staying in a neat guest house...then home.
7 Sam has been fixing things for me. This is the latest. He is SO handy!
8 Coach Harris talking to the team at a game.
9 Ken Fox is a really helpful parent on our team. Except...he's a bit too exuberant with the air horn which sounds off at the end of each period. He pumps it up to ensure he can really sound it off each time!
10 This is to keep boys happy during summer camp even without camping on devices! Wow...lookie how many check marks we all racked up!
11 At the mini tournament. Ben is regaling a group of rink rats :)
12 Now he's buying up some sweets at the bake sale :) Kumkiko (on left taking money) and I worked the sale table. She did a great job organizing it. I got dry ice and parents donated soda and ice cream so we could make floats! Those were a big hit!
13 Neat coasters Frank Renna made out of rink material! Those were for sale by donation. We grabbed some up!
14 On a family bike ride for the Fourth of July. This is picnic lunch with crazy boys.
16 Free-riding bug!
17 Now we're about to hit the trail out at Port Townsend.
18 This part is one of my favorites.
21 At the mini tournament on July 3, we matched - both in orange. Totally unplanned. We can't plan ANYTHING, much less go along with a plan to coordinate shirts! Then the next day look what we're wearing - both green!
22 I imagine this is what Montana looks like.
24 Biking back now toward town.
26 "This is my recovery pose," says Ben, with one arm flopping down and his head lolling back. He's a crazy guy to bike next to.
27 Piles of wood shavings ready to be turned into paper at the plant.
28 Biking back into PT!
30 Can you spot the ferry?
31 Dave about to put all four bikes back on.
32 I found someone's puck in our bags...always finding pucks!
34 I bet you can see these soccer cleats a mile away!
35 Lovin' them, though!
36 Lessons with Randy!
37 Sam's turn
38 Some roller hockey in the afternoon - an impromptu meet-up.
40 I'm training for a ride and review on Sunday...this is over in the arena, getting Emmy used to it.
41 I managed to drop my phone in the sand as we cantered wildly around. I spotted it as we went by and was like "I better steer better than usual and iss that!"
43 Soooo true!
44 Ben doing a demo of his skills :)
45 He LOVES to do this power turn!
46 Around and around he went...
47 Didn't want to take skates off. He's been skating for 4 hours now.
49 This is how I manage boys during the summer. If we didn't remind them of other ways to use time, they'd be on devices all the time. It's unplugged time all day...
50 What are we doing here. I have no idea.
51 Ben is at soccer camp.
52 Here he is with the ball.
53 More hockey meet-up time!
55 I made a sun dial so I could figure out when to leave :)
56 My phone battery was dead. This shadow moved away from that piece of wood on the right about 1 cm in 15 min. Sun dials move slowly. I forgot that.
57 The big RV is here!
58 Gramma and Richard arrived for a few weeks' stay before we go to Orcas Island! Gramma was helping get chickens put away and got herself stuck to the chicken mesh. Ben saved the day!
59 Out at Hammy's...Sam was turning heads with his blinding 3x3 speed. He's training for US Nationals. Seriously! His time is reliably below 30 seconds now.
60 Leaving a roller hockey game. I actually have all of us in this picture - Sam, Gramma and Ben, Dave, Richard way in the background.
61 At an Arduino programming workshop in the afternoon. A bit busy for a Sat but time well spent. It was rainy out anyway, which we really need.
62 Sam got to go with a friend, too, which was nice.
63 Halter and bridle all clean, ready for ride and review tomorrow!
64 Boots clean, too!
65 Look what I found in the truck! "Most Adventurous Jelly Bean in the World"! We thought we'd hidden this in my dad's backpack when he visited, but I guess it never made it in, much to Dad's relief :)
66 Some awesome photos that Deb Harris took during the games.
67 Sam is #34.
69 Listening to Coach Harris afterwards.
70 I'm checking out the ride and review set-up on my way to get Emmy ready. I am thinking to myself, there are SO many things she could freak out about. White boxes with flowers, a wagon for a judging platform, and the tents weren't even up yet.
71 Oh well...put one foot (hoof?) in front of the other and go for it!
72 I'm mending fences here...
73 Arm wrestling with Richard is fun!
74 Ben's left arm is REALLY strong.
75 We're throwing hay bales around for Emmy's owner, Kris. They are REALLY heavy. 105 lbs (I called the feed store later as I could NOT believe how heavy they were!)
76 I couldn't have done it without Sam's help.
79 Thinking about new tactics...
80 Alright, on 3!
81 oh boy
82 Hay bale moving!
84 Looking up qualifying times for the Rubik's cube nationals.
85 Once again trying to take a selfie with Emmy is very difficult.
86 Basketball camp is over now! Man I really really wish my camera had been rolling for an impeccable layup and score!
87 Ben in the hammock :)
89 The Mad Tea Party in the coach!
90 Sara takes the cake for best hat, hands down!
91 Nice look, Ben!
92 Stick and Puck going away party for Dillon Peterson, ice hockey buddy who followed the team up to Bainbridge for roller hockey. They are moving to Montana :(
93 21 kids came out to play on the ice, so the two coaches took over the rink and had a great time!
94 Some footage for you of the fun!
95 Ben is on the ice as well. You may see a #4 blazing around.
99 All the kids :)
100 Bye, Petersons! We'll see you in Montana!
101 Look at how many people were there!
103 The cake cutting was a frenzy!
105 Then the after-party at McCloud's. Ben did NOT want to leave. You'll see why...
106 Bouncing and bouncing! Meanwhile, Sam is cubing in the midst of all the insanity, joining in the bouncing from time to time!
108 If you get overstimulated by crowds and noise, this is not for you :)
109 But I had a great time with everyone. My kinda place, peanut shells on the floor and everything.
110 Making banner material for us! Thank you, Richard! These will be used in the roller hockey playoffs.
111 On the way home from hiking Mt. Walker. We JUST caught the sunset from Port Gamble.
113 The clouds were so pink.
114 See these little guys? They do NOT want to fledge! They hang out at the shed at the roller hockey rink, with all the commotion there, and just enjoy their birds' eye view of the action!
115 Mommy feeds them in the first few seconds of this video.
116 Banner-making party and ice cream social.
117 We seem to eat a lot of ice cream at roller hockey!
122 Just can't wait to dive into EGG SALAD!
123 Making shakes to repair the roof of the little bird house in the background. Which is beyond repair, really. It's just a good family project, I think. Not all agree ;)
124 But Sam is a superb shake-maker. Ben and I are attempting to start a fire the hard way.
127 How hard could this be to build?
128 Someone naughty!!!
129 Finishing up the project!
131 Gluing on now.
132 Chopping wood seems fun!
136 Quiet reading time on the deck. What could be better!?
137 Talking to the boys about currency...
138 They really loved learning from Richard!
139 Decided to go help a friend chop wood, then quickly learned that willow is ridiculous to chop. It just doesn't split. This is paper-dry, aged willow, and we beat ourselves up on it.
140 Time to move on to the straightforward fir, pine variety!
141 Oh yeah!
143 Sam likes the 8 lb maul. So do I. Must get ANOTHER axe. We have 8 already because several boys like to chop with us.
144 Sam's roller hockey team.
145 A friend is running for School Board!
146 Drying out plums to make some...
147 Plum tortes!
148 They came out really well.
149 Sam is whipping some cream to go with them.
150 Ben finishing it off...
152 Emmy had a wild night trying to get apples. This is part of a fence stuck between her shoe and hoof.
153 A friend's horse - I took the picture and sent it to her at work :)
154 Fence part still stuck in there, waiting for the farrier.
155 Boys plaing a card game on the deck, eating shrimp I thawed. Nice setup, huh? Shrimp and cards?
156 Then over to Sara's for dinner. The girls are SO creative, making a sirloin out of a stone!
157 Dave going to a retirement ceremony, and willingly agreed to let us take pictures. Handsome husband - thank you for the opportunity to take some pictures!
160 Ben really likes the sword...
162 This is my favorite shot...
164 Down to a card store in Bremerton to trade in a $109 Magic card for store credit. Chase was exceptionally helpful!